Schools with Quality Control Programs: How to Choose

Dec 11, 2019

Certificates, associate's degrees and bachelor's degrees are available in the field of quality control. These programs can be found at community colleges and 4-year colleges and universities.

Quality control specialists test and oversee manufacturing processes to ensure that raw materials and finished products conform to industry standards. It is possible to pursue studies towards a certificate, diploma, associate's degree or bachelor's degree.

Schools with Quality Control Programs

Listed below is just a sampling of the schools offering quality control degree and certificate programs:

College/University Location Institution Type Programs Offered In-State Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)*
Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology Tulsa, OK 4-year, Private Diploma, Associate's $17,702 (Undergraduate)
California State University - Dominguez Hills Carson, CA 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Graduate Certificate, Master's $6,942 (Undergraduate); $8,376 (Graduate)
California National University Torrance, CA 4-year, Private Bachelor's NA
Ferris State University Big Rapids, MI 4-year, Public Bachelor's $11,788 (Undergraduate)
Lorain County Community College Elyria, OH 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $4,140 (Undergraduate)
Gateway Community College New Haven, CT 2-year, Public Certificate $4,424 (Undergraduate)
Cuyahoga Community College Cleveland, OH 2-year, Public Certificate $4,322 (Undergraduate)
Sinclair Community College Dayton, OH 2-year, Public Certificate $4,004 (Undergraduate)
University of California - San Diego La Jolla, CA 4-year, Public Certificate $14,167 (Undergraduate)

Sources*: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), School websites

School Selection Criteria

There are a number of points to consider when looking for quality control schools:

  • When considering a school, students may determine whether a program prepares them to sit for the Six Sigma Green Belt exam.
  • Certificate and degree programs both offer instruction in Six Sigma methods, but certificate programs typically require one year of study, while associate's degree programs may take twice as long to complete. Bachelor's degree programs take four years, but they provide more in-depth coverage of industry-specific topics.
  • Prospective quality assurance specialists might seek schools that offer opportunities to gain real-world experience.
  • Some programs are available in the evenings and on weekends, while others are offered entirely online for students who have work or other commitments.

Quality Control Certificate

Certificate programs in quality control and quality systems typically require a year of study. Instruction can cover such topics as reliability procedures, calibration fundamentals, statistics and blueprint reading. Programs that teach ASQ's Six Sigma tools and techniques prepare graduates for certification exams.

Associate of Applied Science in Quality Assurance

Students in 2-year associate's degree programs in quality science, quality assurance and operations technology complete both general education and field-specific coursework, such as quality assessment techniques, quality control testing and standard operating time measurements. Some programs administer ASQ certification exams.

Bachelor of Science in Quality Engineering Technology

Students may enroll in 4-year bachelor's degree programs in quality engineering technology or quality assurance science. Students learn about production processes, material selection techniques, quality auditing and reliability prediction, among other topics. Some programs require students to apply the skills and theories they've learned to a final quality assurance project.

There are many schools that offer quality assurance programs at the certificate, diploma, associate's degree, bachelor's degree and master's degree levels. When selecting a program, it's important to review the courses and outcomes to ensure you wind up with the one that's most suited to your long-term career goals.

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